Programmatic Landscape Analysis of Literacy Resources Begins
FLAGSTAFF – June 6, 2019
The Literacy Coordination Team began work on a programmatic landscape analysis of community literacy resources yesterday to lay the foundation for its work toward improving collaboration and coordination in alignment with the K-3 literacy plan of the Flagstaff Unified School District.
Motivated by the survey results gathered by LAUNCH Flagstaff in February, the team is focused on strengthening personal and organizational relationships Read more “Literacy Program Analysis Begins”
KDI Pilot Implementation Outcomes
FLAGSTAFF May 24, 2019. Linda Harbottle
The LAUNCH Flagstaff Multi-LEA Collaborative is concluding its one year pilot of the Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) for the 2018-19 school year. The goal of the collaborative team was twofold – (1) to determine the value of the KDI as both an assessment and a teaching tool to support effective teaching and learning, and (2) as a valid and reliable tool for evaluating success in a consistent manner across all schools in our community. The collaborative team initially was comprised of the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) and two Flagstaff charter schools – Mountain School and PEAK School. Read more “KDI Pilot Implementation Outcomes”
Initial Investment for Preschool Expansion Secured
FLAGSTAFF May 23, 2019
This month the City of Flagstaff pledged an initial investment in the Flagstaff preschool expansion three-year pilot project, as part of their budget allocation for fiscal year 2020.
City Council allocated $70,000 toward the first year of implementation for the project. This investment was matched by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors which allocated $35,000 for this current fiscal year and another $35,000 for fiscal year 2020.
The Wharton Foundation followed suit and granted $150,000 over the three-year pilot. Read more “Initial Investment for Preschool Expansion Secured”
Preschools Collaborate Toward Expansion
FLAGSTAFF April 11, 2019
Over thirty Flagstaff area preschool directors, early childhood educators, K-12 school officials, and interested community members met today to explore opportunities for collaboration toward expanding preschool access.
The group met as part of the community conversation started by the publication of LAUNCH Flagstaff’s report and recommendation for expanding access to high-quality preschool in Flagstaff.
LAUNCH Flagstaff convened the group to strengthen relationships, improve communication, and engage preschool directors for their expertise Read more “Preschool Collaboration Expansion”
Literacy Coordination Begins
FLAGSTAFF March 28, 2019
Twelve representatives of Flagstaff area literacy programs meet today to begin a conversation focused on improving coordination between themselves and the community in alignment with the literacy strategies of K-3 educators.
Literacy professionals from the Flagstaff Public Library, other literacy programs, and parenting programs met with representatives of the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) to foster the relationships that will be the foundation for future collaborative action. Read more “Literacy Coordination Begins”
Community Literacy Resource Survey Reveals Opportunities for Improved Awareness
FLAGSTAFF – March 15, 2019
A survey conducted by LAUNCH Flagstaff in collaboration with the Flagstaff Unified School District revealed that out of 25 Flagstaff area literacy programs few were recognized or used by parents of kindergarten aged children. Read more “Literacy Resource Survey”
LAUNCH Flagstaff Discusses Preschool Report on KAFF Radio
FLAGSTAFF March 12, 2019
Peter Bruce of KAFF Radio hosted LAUNCH Flagstaff Partnership Director Paul Kulpinski and Leadership Council Member Robert Kelty on the air to speak to the Flagstaff community about the Expanding High Quality Preschool in Flagstaff report.
Listen to the entire interview below.
Report Recommends Expanding Preschool in Flagstaff
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (February 8, 2019)
When her son Demitrius was 3 years old, Kate Maragos felt guilty. As a mom of three, a Sunday school teacher, a volunteer and a long-term placement foster mom, Maragos was stretched thin.
“Honestly I didn’t have much left in me to do educational things with the kids, especially Demitrius,” Maragos said.
She knew how critical it is to nurture learning and healthy development during the early years, but a quality preschool for Demitrius was out of reach. Maragos is not alone. Read more “Report Recommends Expanding Preschool in Flagstaff”
Literacy Resource Coordination
FLAGSTAFF January 22, 2019
The Early Learning Action Network, in collaboration with the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD), is conducting a survey of families registering their child for kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.
The survey is designed to gather information from families with young children and their familiarity with and utilization of local literacy resources like the Flagstaff Public Library, Reach Out and Read, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Read more “Literacy Resource Coordination”